Dec 20, 2012 6:00am EST
of men ghazi. we have an expeditionary diplomatic corps, and they do face very real risks every day, day in and day out. bad things have happened before, and bad things will happen again, unfortunately, in the future. there will always be a tension between the diplomatic imperative to get outside the wire and the security standards that require our diplomats to work behind high walls and full-body searches. we do not want to conner is tee that wire america off from the world. our challenge is to strike a balance between the necessity of the mission, available resources and toll wraps for risk -- tolerance for risk. we've talked about this on this committee. we've had hearingsings specifically about the design of our embassies, the danger of becoming a fortress america. we need to be safe, but we also need to send the right message to the people that we're trying to reach. i distinctly remember feeling and seeing the difficulty of this in vietnam where villages would examine us suspiciously and give us a stare, an unmistakeable stare that raises many more questions than we're ever able to
Dec 18, 2012 11:00am PST
. they pretended to shoot ghazi several times. when you're blindfolded, and then they fired the gun up in the air. it can be very traumatic experience. and at end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the -- around 11:00 last night local time. and as we were moving along the road, the kidnappers came across a rebel checkpoint. something they hadn't expected. and so we were in the back of, like, when you think of as a minivan, and as we were driving along the road, the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gunfight with it, two of the kidnappers were killed, we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. we spent the night with them. we didn't get much sleep. >> well, brooke, you heard it there. essentially they were -- they were rescued by rebels, close to the syrian regime. this is an unbelievably lucky escape. let's be honest here. it could have gone horribly wrong, a million different ways, held captive, kidnapped, in a house, transported to a second location. at that point, running into a rebel checkpoint completely by accident. and getting into a gunfight where t
Dec 17, 2012 7:00am EST
voters will determine someone to fill the maine -- the remaining term. turning to an attack in van ghazi, an independent report of the killing of the u.s. ambassador to libya proceedings and three other americans will be presented to -- christopher stevens and three other americans will be presented today. that report will be presented to members of congress this week before a private briefing on wednesday. also, the house foreign affairs committee holds a hearing on the report this thursday, december 20 with testimony from state department deputy bill burns. secretary clinton was to appear but is recovering from a concussion. those are the headlines on c- span radio. >> the ohio electoral college meets in columbus, ohio and and in eastern today to cast the buckeye state's 18 electoral votes for president obama. you can see the proceedings live from the senate chamber. you can watch the proceedings live on c-span3. everything will be held today on raising the medicare eligibility age to 67 years old and its effects. that will be alive today on c- span2. >> "washington journal" continues.
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. they pretended to shoot ghazi several times when you were blindfolded and then they fired the gun up in the air. >> that was nbc chief foreign correspondent richard engle speaking on the "today" show this morning just hours after being freed from syria where he was kidnapped and held captive for five days. engle went on to say that he and his crew were freed following a gun fight between his canter and rebel forces. we are so, so, so grateful to have him back in safe arms. >> indeed. >> indeed. >> we minded of these reporters in war zones and the risks they take. >> and it's all different now in a war zone. there are no front lines. >> right. >> no uniforms. >> exactly. >> all different. you guys have sebastian on the line and listening to his testimony, you're just reminded. anthony shadeed. these guys are heroes. >> yes, they are. up next, newtown, connecticut, begins to lay to rest the 20 children killed in friday's school shooting as more lawmakers call for stricter gun regulations. we'll discuss all this straight ahead on "morning swroe." meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're